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NCR staff attend national conference on immigration


(Left to right: Michael Yang, Southeast Asian Community Specialist; Mariano Espinosa, Latino Community Specialist and Abdirashid Ahmed, East African Community Specialist)

Members of NCR’s Access and Outreach staff, Abdirashid Ahmed, Mariano Espinosa and Michael Yang attended the National Immigration Integration Conference in Manhattan, New York this past December. The conference brought together stakeholders from around the nation to discuss issues relating to immigration, refugees and equity. The focus for staff attending the conference was to learn how the City of Minneapolis can become more inclusive and welcoming in services and programming that serve all Minneapolis residents.

Minneapolis is home to an increasing number of immigrants and refugees from across the world, and the conference provided a great way for staff to share the work that Minneapolis is doing to engage more immigrant and refugee residents and learn new and innovative programs in other Cities and States that could be replicated here in Minneapolis. One key connection made was with the City of New York’s Office of Minority Affairs, which recently implemented a city issued identification card program that allows undocumented individuals ages 14 and older to receive an identification card so that they can obtain jobs and drivers licenses.  This connection will allow staff to determine if a similar policy would be feasible here in the City of Minneapolis.

Immigration work will be a priority for the Access and Outreach team in 2016. Learn more about the Access and Outreach Team.


Last updated Jan 6, 2016



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